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Vertigo VSM-3byPlugin Alliance
 Vertigo VSM-3 by Plugin Alliance is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Vertigo VSM-3
Product Vertigo VSM-3
Developer Plugin Alliance / Brainworx
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Tone/CharacterHarmonic DistortionHarmonicsMid-Side
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
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System Requirements
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; we recommend at least 2 GHz)

System Requirements:
Display resolution: 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM
  Download Released
System Requirements
Intel CPU only (we recommend at least 2 GHz)

System Requirements:
Display resolution: 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM
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The brainworx developed, Vertigo VSM-3 delivers the beloved badass harmonic generators of Vertigo Sound's acclaimed VSM-2 Mix Satellite in plugin form. Liberated from hardware, VSM-2's saturation and distortion tools can now process as many tracks and busses as your CPU can handle — and master outputs, too, of course — making them more useful than ever for recording and mixing.

The engineers at Brainworx have carefully studied the lusted-after harmonic generation and shrewd settings of the VSM-2 hardware, and obsessively recreated it all in the VSM-3 plugin. Freeing the Vertigo magic from hardware fundamentally changes the ways it can be used. With the option of instantiating the VSM-3 on multiple channels and busses. The plugin also adds some features not found on the original hardware like the THD Mixer's dry/wet control and the ability to run the Crusher and Blender in parallel or serially, or solo them separately or together.

For the producer/mixer/engineer especially, the VSM-2 sound is now a readily available option for adding character and emphasis to individual mono, stereo and multi-channel tracks and busses. Its M/S chops in particular open up exciting possibilities for stereo signals.

For the mastering engineer, the VSM-3 provides all the unique saturation power of the VSM-2 in an economical and convenient multi-platform plugin. While there are plenty of saturation/distortion plugin options available, only the VSM-3 offers the singular sonic personality of the over-built VSM-2, the power of its programmability, and the freedom offered by its flexibility.

Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) today and hear for yourself how adding a little "Air" to your tracks can bring your mixes to the next level.


  • Two independent virtual circuits for two kinds of analog-sounding coloration, ranging from subtle saturation to berserk distortion.
  • Pure 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm, rich, saturation or distortion.
  • Pure 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, exciter-like saturation or distortion.
  • Crusher and Blender can operate in parallel or serial configuration.
  • Stereo and M/S Decoding and Encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side channels only.
  • Solo for auditioning Crusher and/or Blender in isolation.
  • AFL Solo for isolating Mid and Side outputs for control listening.
  • THD Mixer control for combining and balancing Crusher and Blender.
  • Stereo, mono and multi-channel (5.1 / 7.1) operation.
  • Saturation and distortion can be applied to specific signal frequency ranges.
  • Saturation and distortion can be applied with soft and hard clipping.
  • Input Filter allows you to choose to which frequencies you want to apply the harmonics. Six frequency ranges are available: 10 Hz to 120 Hz, 120 Hz to 1.5 Hz, 800 Hz to 4 kHz, 4 kHz to 20 kHz and Full which goes from 120 Hz to 20 kHz.
  • 'Shape' knob allows for gentle filtering of high-order harmonics.

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